Resource Guide

Introduction


This resource guide is not comprehensive but meant to provide an introduction to the range of existing immigrant-related resources. This resource guide has many resources that are local to Seattle.


What can you do to be an ally to immigrant communities and activists?
  • Learn from these resources and others to find out about issues facing these valued members of our society
  • Listen to the voices of people who experience these obstacles
  • Act in solidarity with them by
    · contacting your political representatives
    · continuing to educate yourself and others
    · creating welcoming spaces for everyone to work together towards building safe and diverse communities
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GENERAL


American Immigration Lawyer’s Association
This organization is an excellent resource for all aspects of current immigration legislation and reform. The AILA increases member participation in advocacy before Congress, the Judiciary, the Federal Agencies, and the media. AILA provides training to members, such as assisting one another to enhance the litigation capabilities and support each other’s participation in pro bono programs. AILA membership also provides discounts to publications and Continuing Legal Education podcasts.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
The Immigrants Rights project of AALDEF has a number of programs, such as free DACA legal clinics where those who qualify for DACA can receive free legal advice and representation and an Undocumented Youth Group that provides safe spaces for undocumented Asian American youth. With the Muslim American Civil Liberties Union, the Immigrants Rights project created a Post 9-11 Civil Liberties program which provides legal assistant among immigrant communities targeted by U.S. ICE policies that entail racial and religious profiling. The two organizations released a report called Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims.

Black Alliance for Just Immigration
BAJI is an education and advocacy group comprised of African Americans and black immigrants from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. BAJI provides the African American community with a progressive analysis and framework on immigration that links the interests of African Americans with those of immigrants of color.

Colibri Center for Human Rights
An organization that uses forensics to identify the remains and contact the families and inform them in Central America/Mexico to return the remains for funerals. Colibri Center also tracks data on the missing and unidentified along the entire U.S. Mexico border and uses the research to inform policymakers.

Fair Immigration Reform Movement
FIRM’s projects include organizing nationwide rallies such as Keeping Families Together Actions and launching campaigns such as Change Takes Courage, which urges President Obama to discontinue ICE programs and end the deportations of parents of citizen children, DREAM-eligible youth and military veterans.

Hold CBP Accountable
A joint project of the ACLU San Diego, American Immigration Council, National Immigration Project and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, hold CBP Accountable documents the widespread human rights abuses taken by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in an effort to establish accountability.

Immigrant Defense Project
The IDP seeks to secure justice for immigrants who have been accused of criminal behavior. This organization serves as a resource center, policy advocacy group, supporter of grass-roots organizations promoting fairness in immigration law.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The ILRC website has in-depth information about numerous issues, including comprehensive immigration reform, citizenship and naturalization, the DREAM Act, immigrant rights, and dealing with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This organization is highly recommended for most questions you might have about contemporary immigration issues.

National Immigrant Justice Center
NIJC provides legal services to more than 10,000 individuals each year and maintains a success rate of 90 percent in obtaining asylum for those fleeing persecution in their home countries. NIJC and its pro bono attorneys have been on the vanguard of federal impact litigation and advocacy, setting positive precedents for those seeking human rights protections.

National Immigration Law Center
The NILC is a wealth of resources for issues intersecting with the law, workers’ rights, education, public health, and immigration enforcement and reform. They represent cases thought to have significant impacts on immigration law and provide training and support to those working with immigrant communities.

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyer’s Guild
This organization is an excellent legal resource that focuses on five crucial areas where immigration policy and the law intersect: criminal and deportation defense, victims of crimes and intimate partner violence, raids and immigration enforcement, noncitizens living with HIV/AIDS, and defending political rights.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
NWIRP provides direct legal assistance to over 10,000 low-income people from over 150 countries. The NWIRP website has in-depth legal resources, information about ICE detention in Washington state, information for the DREAM Act and a helpful glossary of common immigration-related terms.

No More Deaths/ No Mas muertes
No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes is dedicated to assisting migrants in the desert. NMD/NMM maintains a presence on the “Tucson Sector”, a 262-square-mile corridor where over half of known migrant deaths in recent years have occurred and provides aid to individuals on the Arizona-Sonora border. NMD/NMM also created a report called Shakedown: How Deportation Robs Immigrants of Their Money and Belongings which documents the loss of people’s personal properties through immigration authorities’ failure to return belongings to those they detain and deport.

Not1More
A project of National Day Laborer Organizing Network, #Not1More’s work stems from the belief that self expression is a form of self defense. #Not1More weaves stories and artwork in a central location to strengthen efforts to stop deportation and provide new ways of communicating “the ugliness of criminalization and the beauty of our communities.”

OneAmerica
OneAmerica was founded after 9/11/2001 to address the backlash against immigrant communities of color, primarily Muslim, Arab American, East African and South Asian communities. OneAmerica’s approach includes community organizing, policy advocacy and research, civic engagement and communication campaigns.

LGBTQ+


Immigration Equality
Free legal resources for LGBTQ+ and HIV-positive immigrants, including undocumented people, those facing detention or deportation, those seeking asylum, and binational couples and families.

Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal provides a wide range of legal support services for LGBTQ+ people, including those with questions about immigration. One particularly useful resource on this website is pages of specific questions and answers relating to the abolishment of the Defense of Marriage Act and how it affects many areas of life for the LGBTQ+ community.

Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration
ORAM is an official partner organization of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and works internationally to create institutional changes that protect LGBTI refugees.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
A central area of the SRLP is the Immigrant Rights Project, which recognizes that there are many obstacles in current immigration policy that negatively affect transgender, gender nonconforming, and/or intersex people.

Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center is currently in the process of creating a cooperating attorney network through the U.S. who can assist with cases.

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
This organization supports LGBTQ+ and HIV-positive detainees, asylees, and their families in finding housing, education, healthcare, legal services, and more. It operates a help hotline and is participating in the Queering Immigration conference in 2014.

Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project
A part of the larger organization United We Dream, QUIP empowers undocumented queer immigrants to mobilize around issues facing their intersecting communities. Two notable projects include the UndocuQueer Manifesto and the No More Closets Campaign.

Women


API Chaya
Local to Seattle, API Chaya provides resources and referrals for housing, legal assistance, mental health, food and financial assistance for Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and human trafficking survivors from all communities. API Chaya also provides advocacy-based counseling and support groups.

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
AIWA invests in developing leadership among immigrant women with programs that train women in literacy, public speaking, civil rights history and workplace efficiency (ergonomics).

REWA
ReWA, formerly known as Southeast Asian Women’s Alliance (SEAWA), was founded by a group of resettled women to support newly arrived women. ReWA is known for their domestic violence program that increases the safety of refugee and immigrant women through assistance with applying for protection orders and navigating the legal system. Depending on the program, ReWA provides services in 12 to 15 languages.

Sex Workers Outreach Project
A multi-state network of sex workers and advocates, SWOP addresses violence that sex workers experience because of their criminal status and provides networking opportunities among sex workers. SWOP also works to counter the stereotype that sex workers work against their will or are victims of human trafficking by testing before legislature about bills that conflate sex work with human trafficking.

Immigration Center for Women and Children
ICWC provides information about specific laws such as Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Youth


Many of the resources have specific programs for immigrant youth. Here are additional youth resources.

 

Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant Youth

Immigrant Youth Justice League
Formed by a group of undocumented students in Chicago, Immigrant Youth Justice League supports undocumented immigrants to share their stories. IYJL organizes civil disobedience protests from Arizona to Washington D.C. IYJL additionally collaborates with UndocuHealth.org to address the mental health of undocumented youth.

Washington DREAM Act Coalition
WDAC is a youth-led group that organizes undocumented youth art

Government


Congress.gov
Check this website to learn about current immigration-related bills that are being discussed in the Senate and House of Representatives.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
At this website, you can apply for a green card, renew DACA standing, receive updates about your immigration case, research family immigration history, and find information about employment in the U.S. as well as programs like E-verify.

Seattle’s Human Services for Immigrants and Refugees

Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

The White House: Issues: Immigration

Educational


Teaching Tolerance: 10 Myths About Immigration

Humane Borders
A map that documents all reported migrants deaths along the border.

Immigration Conversations
An interactive from the New York Times for participants to have conversations about immigration

Immigration Explorer

Undoing Borders: A Queer Manifesto

Queers and Immigration: A Vision Statement

In Hostile Terrain: Human Rights Violations in Immigration in the US Southwest (via Amnesty International)

The Short Immigration Guide to How Arrests and Convictions Separate Families

Deportation 101: A Community Resource on Anti-Deportation Education and Organizing

 

 

 

Special Thanks


Special thanks to Iris Pavitt, Karl Espinosa and Natasha El-Sergany.